Lookback: 2012 Poetry Sessions for Older Adults

Writer Jill Winkowski has always loved to tell a good story.  Thankfully, she worked with us in 2012 to gather vignettes, memories and recollections from residents at The Gardens of Warwick Forest and turn them into poetry.  

Through the process of creating poetry, participants benefited from reminiscing and expressing themselves.  You can tell they relished sharing time-honored memories, like summers spent on grandma’s front porch, seeing their children graduate, the simple pleasures.  They faced fears, too.  

Art therapy was created after WWI as a way to help traumatized veterans process their feelings and experiences.   Therapeutic arts programs now are recognized as tools for helping many people find calm, find hope, reconnect with loved ones or earlier pleasures (like singing or painting), and be more fully aware of themselves and their responses.

Here is part 1 of a multi-part series.

 

Churning                              By Helen Edwards

 

I helped churn the butter

The buttermilk was so good

If you keep churning afterwards—the  milk

Not like in the store

She always put the butter in a round container

It formed a picture

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